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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Mike Rogers
U.S. Representative (R-Mich.), Chair, House Select Committee on Intelligence
MSNBCW 06/23/2013
Rogers: He (Snowden) has jeopardized our national security. I disagree with the reporter. clearly, the bad guys have already changed their way. Remember, these were counterterrorism programs essentially, and we have seen that bad guys overseas, terrorists who are committing and plotting attacks on the united states and our allies have changed the way they operate. We've already seen that. To say that that is not harmful to the national security of the united states, or our safety, is just dead wrong.
Ben Carson
Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center
FOXNEWSW 06/23/2013
Carson: You know, it is absolutely important that we know what's being done and what's being monitored, because people act differently, they say things differently, when we know they're being monitored. That's why when you go into a store there's a sign up that says you are being videoed. You know the secrecy that is going on right now coupled with the apparent dishonesty in government obviously has dampened the enthusiasm for people about, you know, the veracity of their government.
Ben Carson
Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center
FOXNEWSW 06/23/2013
Carlson: Give us the moral context for this. How should we regard Edward Snowden? Carson: I'm not sure that we should put labels on him but What we should look at what we can learn from this situation. There are probably other people who are in sensitive positions who perhaps have information that would be useful for the American people to know but you have to understand that there is a proper way in order to disseminate that information. And this was not done in the proper way. So, you know, we shouldn't so much concentrate on him as making information available to other people who may have important information for us.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 06/30/2013
Madam president, my view is the American people have essentially been presented with false choices. Americans have been told you really can have one or the other. You can have your security or you can have your liberty but you really can't have both.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 06/30/2013
A big part of the problem in the past is that leaders in the intelligence community have made misleading statements, repeatedly. It's not just a question, madam president, of keeping the American people in the dark, which was true. But the American people were actively misled on a number of (occasions).
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 06/30/2013
In effect 702 does all the work, and the bulk collection program which does intrude on the rights of millions of law-abiding Americans essentially is along for the ride. But you wouldn't know that when you hear these statements from a number of the leaders in the intelligence community when they just say these programs, of course are what keeps us safe.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 06/30/2013
…and others have said where are the violations? Haven't seen any, you know, violations. Well the Director of National Intelligence madam president said last Friday in a letter to you and I and Senator Udall and 23 other of our colleagues, is yes, there have been violations of the Patriot Act. When he said specifically that the government had violated court orders on the (bulk collection of those phone records.)
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 06/30/2013
Turned out that the intelligence community was unable to provide any such evidence. Intelligence agencies had made statements to both Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that they had significantly exaggerated the effectiveness of the bulk e-mail program when Senator Udall and I pressed them to back these statements up, they couldn't do it. The bulk e-mail records program was shut down that year (2011).
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 06/30/2013
I have seen no evidence -- none -- that this dragnet phone records program has provided any actual unique value for the American people. In every instance in which the NSA has searched through these bulk phone records it had enough evidence to get a court order for the information it was searching for. In getting a few hundred additional court orders every year clearly would not overwhelm the Foreign Service Surveillance Court.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 06/30/2013
I believe it is vitally important to protect the safety and the liberty of our people. I don't see any evidence that this program helps protect either. That ought to be the standard of any domestic surveillance program. If the bulk collection program doesn't protect privacy or security then it ought to end -- plain and simple. The Executive branch simply hasn't shown anything close to an adequate justification for this massive (dragnet)
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